Solution for having a Workstation always in Sync with a Mobile Notebook?

Posted on 2011-10-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hello everybody,

I am searching for a good solutions to have my workstation always in Sync with my notebook.

During the day I most of the time in the office and at my workstation which is an AD Member. During this time my notebook is idleing on the docking station which is also an AD Member.

I used Superflexible File Synchronizer to sync my personal folder between those two machines. And I use Terabyte Unlimited Image for Windows to make like master Images of my OS + Apps to transfer it from my Workstation to my Notebook. But I had several problems:

- Since I only sync personal folders I dont have the newly installed apps synced from the workstation to the notebook and back. Only with the Image. I would like to get a better solutions for that.
- In the personal folder I have created folders with Icons. These Icons are never synced... Does anyone know why?

Thanks for the help. I know its not an easy topic.

Question by:Yves_
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    "Since I only sync personal folders I dont have the newly installed apps synced from the workstation to the notebook and back"

    That's to be expected. Keep in mind, apps need to be installed, not just copied over. There is only 1 app that I am aware of that can do this, which is PCMover. The Professional version seems to do better on more complex apps. Haven't used it in along time personally, but is recommended hereby some top experts.

    As for the Folder Customizations, that's stored in the registry under a subkey here (fairly certain, quick Process Monitor scan showed this to be modified when making a custom image for a Folder.)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags

    You would have to know which subkey correlates to each folder (not practical if you have alot of them) to be able to export that as well, and import to the laptop....

    Example I used..... A folder called "C:\BatchFiles" was customized with an image, and that change was added here....

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1820\Shell

    The "Logo" value was changed to the path of the .jpg I used..... That and the "FolderType" values were the only thing modified.....
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    Also, the Desktop.ini in the folder you are customizing contains that same info. If you are not synching that file, I would add it. It might carry over with just that. I know if you delete it, it is rebuilt off of the config in the registry..... Might need both areas of the config (registry/desktop.ini to transfer properly) but at least you have a good starting point to test....

    It is a hidden file though.



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    Thanks a lot for your help

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